TWO local women are taking part in the Dublin Marathon on October 26, to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.
Julie Leitch from Carnreagh and Elizabeth Kennedy from Hillsborough, who met at Downshire Primary where their children are pupils, came up with the idea of running a marathon for a cancer charity. They are planning a coffee morning and are also asking for donations from local companies.
Julie, whose grandfather died of cancer when her mother was just two years of age, had always wanted to do something to help a cancer charity.
When she met Elizabeth, who has a family member who has also been touched by cancer, they decided to do something to help.
They have organised a coffee morning at Cafe Agogo in Lisburn Street, Hillsborough this Friday October 16 from 10am.
Julie, a former personal trainer and fitness instructor and a busy mum to Kenneth (5) Jasmine (4) Christian (3) and Sophiarose (22 months) manages to clock up 60 miles a week as part of her training.
"I have a very supportive husband who looks after the children while I go out to train," said Julie. "I try and get out about six times a week and I've already completed a 22 mile run."
Julie, who once held a Yummy Mummy coffee morning and raised £500 for the Clic Sergeant charity, had made up her mind to do something for cancer after she suffered a broken leg. As her injury was neither life threatening or permanent she was glad that after just a few weeks resting she was right as rain again.
"I thought just imagine how it must be to have a condition like cancer that you might never recover from," said Julie. At least I was going to get over from my broken leg." Elizabeth, a mother of two children Lara (5) and Ruby (22 months), would like to thank everyone who has so far donated money.
'Any business that we have contacted has been so very supportive and for that we are thankful," she said.
Anyone who would like to donate money can log onto the website www.runningsponsorme.org/julieleitch